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FIFA Announce ‘The Best’ Coaching Candidates

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Football’s international governing body, FIFA, have announced the three coaches that are nominated to become to the 2023 ‘The Best’ FIFA Men’s Coach.

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola as well as Italian duo, Luciano Spalletti and Simone Inzaghi, are the coaches that have been nominated for the award.

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Pep Guardiola coached his City side to their first ever treble win, defeating Simone Inzaghi’s Internazionale in the final of the UEFA Champions League in Istanbul in mid-June.

The Cityzens also overcame Arsenal in the Premier League title race and also defeated their city rivals, Manchester United, in the final FA Cup in early June.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has now won 15 trophies with Manchester City and is set to do battle for a 16th this month as he takes his European champions to Saudi Arabia to compete in the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup.

The aforementioned Inzaghi led Inter to the final of the Coppa Italia as well as the UEFA Champions League. They were more successful in that final, defeating Fiorentina.

The Nerazzurri are firmly in charge of the Serie A title race this season, too, as they take advantage of defending champions Napoli slipping way off the pace so far.

The Neapolitans were led to their third ever Italian title, and first outside of the Diego Maradona era, by the other nominee for this year’s award, Luciano Spalletti.

Spalletti’s historic triumph was swiftly followed by his exit from the southern club, seemingly set to retire. However, the surprise departure of Roberto Mancini from the Italy job to go and coach Saudi Arabia opened up a spot for Spalletti to take charge of the European champions and his home country.

In his first few months in charge, he steered the Italians to qualification for UEFA EURO 2024 out of a tough group, edging past Ukraine and finishing below England.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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